Earthquakes look to snap winless season with win vs. Chivas

Earthquakes look to snap winless season with win vs. Chivas
April 26, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Earthquakes goalie Jon Busch has five shutouts with 22 saves and seven goals allowed for the 2013 season. (USATSI)

Programming note: Earthquakes-Chivas USA coverage starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Plus (Territory restrictions apply) Channel locations

Mired in the worst start in team history, the winless San Jose Earthquakes can't seem to get it together.

Neither can Chivas USA, which hasn't tasted victory in seven weeks.

The Earthquakes try to continue their success against a visiting Chivas club looking to snap a six-game winless stretch Saturday night.

San Jose (0-2-3) is tied with Montreal for the league's fewest points after playing to a scoreless draw at Colorado last Saturday. The Earthquakes failed to get anything going offensively, but coach Mark Watson was pleased with his team's first shutout.

"That's something we pride ourselves on, being tough to break down, and we hadn't quite gotten there this season. ... I think it's a big deal," Watson told the league's official website. "To get a point on the road anytime is a good result."

San Jose, outshot 9-6 against the Rapids, has been limited to two goals over its last four games.

"We had some pretty good moments to score some goals. I don't know if there were too many shots on target, but we created some really dangerous situations just by our patience and our shape, looking for the moments to go forward," Watson said of last weekend's effort. "It's definitely not a finished product yet, but I thought there were some good signs."

Chivas (1-3-3) has also struggled offensively, scoring five goals during an 0-3-3 stretch since beating Chicago 3-2 in its season opener March 9. The club, which has alternated draws and losses during its winless drought, is coming off last Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Seattle.

"I think on the field we're showing that we have possibilities to play with any team," coach Wilmer Cabrera said. "It's not like we're defending or waiting to see when they're going to score on us. We play even with any team here and away and we're going to continue doing that."

Erick Torres opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the fifth minute for Chivas' only goal. The Mexico native is responsible for six of the team's eight goals, putting him in a tie with Seattle's Clint Dempsey for the most in MLS.

"I see improvement on this team," said Cabrera, whose team committed 26 fouls to the Sounders' seven. "Now we have to bring a little bit more of that quality and talent to finish the game and punish the opponent when we create those options. It is positive and I see an improvement every time and obviously, we have to reflect that with the results."

Chivas is also winless in six straight against San Jose, which is 4-0-2 in the series since 2012. The Earthquakes have a 12-3 scoring edge in those games thanks in large part to superstar Chris Wondolowski, who has five goals and two assists over the last five meetings.

Wondolowski has scored three of San Jose's MLS worst-tying five goals, with Victor Bernardez notching the other two.

Chivas has been outscored 41-11 during an 0-13-5 winless stretch away from home in MLS play dating to last March, matching the fifth-worst such drought in league history. 

 

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